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Do I have a stutter? (teenagers)

Stuttering, or stammering, is an involuntary interruption to the flow of talking. It can happen in different ways, such as:

We don't know exactly what causes stuttering, but we think it is caused by difficulties in the part of the brain that produces speech. It may also be partly genetic, as stuttering often runs in families.

Do I stutter?

About 1% of the population stutters. It usually develops in childhood, and may come and go as you get older. If you experience any interruptions in your speech, such as repetitions, prolongations or blockages, you may have a stutter.

Tests and diagnosis

Only a qualified speech-language therapist or paediatrician can diagnose stuttering. There is no simple test your doctor can use.

On the next page: Living with a stutter

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.

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